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    Open EdTech 2009 A Call to Action
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    Introduction
    Create the university of the future. This was the goal of the forty leaders in open education and technology who met in Barcelona on October 19-20, 2009, at the Open EdTech Summit sponsored by the Open University of Catalunya and the New Media Consortium. Together, this group considered the question of how to design educational institutions that can be truly responsive to the needs of contemporary society and of today’s students.
    This key question springs from a similar discussion that took place last year at Open EdTech 2008. During that summit, the group examined the question of what it means to be educated in the 21st century. (For additional information on the results of that discussion, please see the Open EdTech 2008 Report, available at http://bit.ly/5yT31). To complement the work of last year, we considered how to achieve the ability to support the kind of education envisioned at the 2008 summit.
    Thought Experiment
    A simple thought experiment set the context for the group’s thinking. A scenario was described in which a developing country set out to establish a new kind of university — one free from preconceptions or official constraints about how it would operate. The mandate of this new university was to provide an excellent education in an environment of open access, built on four key ideas:
    Access to high-quality education should be available to all, and open content is a key part of providing such access.
    Informal learning and mentoring are effective and well-proven approaches to engaging with youth and stimulating critical thought.
    Personalized learning is critical to student success, but will require learning standards that allow students to continue their learning wherever life takes them.
    Tools such as digital video, mobile devices, social media, and the global network all have important roles in learning and should be available to all learners.
    Summit attendees played the part of expert advisors working with the rector of this new university. The thought experiment was to use this frame to consider essential elements of a strategic plan — action steps — that could achieve these goals. Working both in plenary and in small breakout groups of about ten people each, attendees considered the challenges from several perspectives. The working groups were supported by a special wiki (http://oet.wiki.nmc.org; an appointed scribe captured the discussion there, where it was available throughout the meeting — and remains available as the record of our work. Additionally, one person in each group was given the task of submitting updates via Twitter, marking each update with a special tag to make it easy to find. In this way, the conversation among each small group was connected to that of the others; the stream of comments was displayed on screens in the breakout rooms as they appeared. (The

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    How can we make our educational institutions truly responsive to the needs of contemporary society and today's students?
    In 2009, the participants will examine how the attributes identified at Open EdTech 2008 can be realized in practice, and will outline a call to action aimed at educational leaders worldwide. This call will comprise a clear answer to the overall question that frames the 2009 summit. The discussions will focus around four broadly related themes, each envisioned as a doorway to understanding what changes need to take place to ensure we are meeting the needs of today’s learners.
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    How can we make our educational institutions truly responsive to the needs of contemporary society and today's students?
    In 2009, the participants will examine how the attributes identified at Open EdTech 2008 can be realized in practice, and will outline a call to action aimed at educational leaders worldwide. This call will comprise a clear answer to the overall question that frames the 2009 summit. The discussions will focus around four broadly related themes, each envisioned as a doorway to understanding what changes need to take place to ensure we are meeting the needs of today’s learners.
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    Visual Meeting Notes
    Photos of the meeting notes created by Rachel Smith. All images are available from the NMC flickr account.
    Meeting Plan
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    Top Voted Action Items
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